The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?

2. What happened at the end of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates?

3. Who represented Socrates at his trial?

4. According to his conversation with Euthyphro, how did Socrates feel about the charges being brought against him?

5. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence does Euthyphro use to support his decision?

2. How educated was Socrates, and why?

3. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

4. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

5. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

6. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

7. What is "epistemology"?

8. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

9. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

10. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the dialogues have to do with the concept of epistemology. What is epistemology? What does it have to do with philosophy? Why is it important? Why did Socrates concern himself with it? Are they ever able to reach a definitive conclusion? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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